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Brant Banks pleasantly surprised with Nebraska unofficial visit
Having never been to Nebraska, Brant Banks did not know what to expect when he arrived Monday for his unofficial visit to the university.
Lincoln, as well as the state, left quite the impression on Banks. He was surprised about how much he enjoyed everything about Nebraska as a school and place.
“It went really good. I was really surprised with Nebraska. I was pleasantly surprised, I’d say,” Banks said. “When I walked in I got to meet all the coaches.”
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound lineman is being recruited on offense by most schools, but Nebraska likes him at one of the defensive end positions, playing the three-technique.
From the start of his visit, Banks bonded with Huskers defensive line coach Mike Dawson.
“He was a great guy; I liked his enthusiasm,” Banks said. “When we talked about the D-line, he got me really excited.”
According to the 247Sports composite, Banks is the No. 113 tackle in the 2019 class.
Banks recently moved to offensive line at Westbury Christian High School in Houston, but has played defense his whole life.
“Honestly, I’d play wherever a coach puts me,” Banks said. “It’s kind of cool seeing the defensive [side], talking to defensive coaches, seeing that side of the ball.”
The Huskers’ sports performance center and the program’s football facilities made a huge impression on Banks. He said it was unlike anything he’d ever witnessed.
“It was all pretty cool,” he said.
With coach Scott Frost and athletic director Bill Moos out of town on a statewide tour, Banks had to settle for a FaceTime conversation with the head man.
“I’m probably going to remember that one for a while,” Banks said. “I’ve talked to him before, but that was kind of cool, getting to talk to him while all the other Nebraska coaches were sitting around.”
Frost asked Banks how the tour went and also said he’d love to have Banks in the fold. Banks isn’t ready to make a decision yet and has plenty of visits he wants to take before he even determines which schools will host him for official visits. Banks said Nebraska is in contention for one of the five officials.
Baylor is pushing hard, Banks said. So are Tulane, California, Pittsburgh and Purdue. The Bears hold the one 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for him.
Banks, who said his favorite football player is Rob Gronkowski, camped at Georgia and Alabama (the Tide are speaking to him about playing tight end, he said) earlier this year. He is planning a Northeast swing to check out Harvard, Pitt and Brown. If there’s time, he’d like to check out Cal.
“I’m going to stay in contact with all of the coaches and see where it goes from there,” he said.
One factor that will weigh heavily in Banks’ decision is his future coaching staff’s stability.
“I don’t want to go into a school where the coaches are recruiting and then have them leave after a year or two and have to have a whole new staff,” Banks said. “I would like to have that foundation, I guess.”
Huskers set to host Logan Smothers on Wednesday
Nebraska will host a 2020 quarterback Wednesday. Logan Smothers, a 3-star dual-threat option, announced Tuesday he will be on campus for an unofficial visit. The 6-2, 180-pound recruit holds seven offers, but the Huskers are his only Power 5 option.
Smothers is an Athens, Ala., native and the 12th-ranked dual-threat QB in the class, per 247Sports. We’ll have more on Smothers’ visit on Wednesday.
In other 2020 quarterback recruiting news, Caden Rose announced that he committed to Alabama on a baseball scholarship. Nebraska was Rose’s only football offer.
Colorado defensive tackle stops by Lincoln
Nebraska hosted a key 2020 regional recruit on Tuesday. Aidan Keanaaina is a defensive tackle from Denver who has seen his recruitment take off with offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State. A week ago, he took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin and returned to the Midwest to check in with the Huskers.
The 6-3, 292-pound prospect likely would fit as a nose tackle in Nebraska’s defense. He projects as a 3-star recruit. Keanaaina will be one of the top players in Colorado in his class.
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